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Classification Specialist Critical Developmental Activities -
Expert / Managerial, GS-13/14/15 (Supervisory or Specialist)


Developmental Activities for Expert or Supervisory Positions
To Strengthen Core Competencies
  • Lead a team working on multiple projects.
  • Act as a subject matter expert (SME).
  • Acquire resources or support from outside organization for a project.
  • Mentor others informally or formally, providing technical and career guidance.
  • Share knowledge of lessons learned with your team and management.
  • Serve as an advisor to teams working on high visibility projects.
  • Develop relationships with customers to understand the customer base.
  • Expand your professional network (including contacts with people in industry, academia, and other relevant organizations) through joint projects, participation in workshops, memberships in professional and trade associations, and internal and external customer relationships.
  • Present invited talks or papers at technical conferences.
  • Maintain awareness of trends and state-of-the-art in your field.
  • Interview someone who is faced with pressure to make decisions constantly. Ask him or her to describe the criteria he/she uses to evaluate the quality of potential decisions, the methods/techniques he/she uses to make decisions, and the lessons he/she has learned about thinking through decisions.
  • Evaluate proposals with the guidance of senior staff members.
  • The next time you face a major policy or procedure change, find a way to access a broad range of ideas. Pose difficult challenges and ask for others’ thoughts or related experience.
  • Participate on a workforce planning team.
To Strengthen Technical Competencies
  • Review classification actions and provide a recommendation and/or conclusion.
  • Conduct a classification audit.
  • Review and provide comments to draft OPM Position Classification Standards.
  • Work on a classification appeal.
  • Carry out a complex organizational design from start to finish.
  • Apply and implement a new set of OPM Position Classification Standards.
  • Provide advice on grievances involving classification.
  • Make decisions on classification appeals.
  • Review input from components and draft the Agency’s consolidated comments on draft OPM Position Classification Standards. (GS-15 only)
  • Lead the organization’s classification appeals program. (GS-15 only)
  • Serve as the agency’s classification lead in developing or evaluating a personnel demonstration project. (GS-15 only)

Additional Developmental Activities for Supervisory Positions Only
  • Find an opportunity to clearly communicate your vision and the values of your organization or work group, along with the message that you expect people to excel.
  • Gain commitment from necessary players and maintain their support throughout a change process.
  • Pay attention to advances or changes in technology. Look for ways that new or different technology could improve your work processes or the quality and/or efficiency of your work.
  • Identify people who hold similar positions to yours. Choose one or two who share common job concerns or problems, and meet with them informally to ask for ideas on resolving problems and expediting work flow.
  • Establish contact with other federal agencies for benchmarking opportunities, lessons learned, and innovative approaches for accomplishing objectives.
  • Contribute to processes that create and support a diverse environment (e.g. hiring and training).

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